Counterfeit and Contaminated Colgate Toothpaste with DEG Found in Six States in US and in Canada


More contaminated Colgate toothpaste is showing up on store shelves. Now it appears the tainted toothpaste in Canada as well. Recently, counterfeit Colgate showed up in the US and it seems that bogus Colgate was sold in Michigan and Virginia as well. The toothpaste is said to have contained Diethylene glycol, DEG … typically is used in antifreeze.


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(If your Colgate toothpaste looks like the above, you may not want to use it)

Counterfeit Colgate toothpaste has now turned up in Canada, where testing has found dangerous bacteria but not the poisonous chemical previously detected in four U.S. states, a health official said Saturday.

In addition, store owners and police say they have discovered that the bogus Colgate was sold in Michigan and Virginia.

The FDA warned earlier in June that fake Colgate distributed in Maryland, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania may contain a poisonous chemical called diethylene glycol, or DEG, that typically is used in antifreeze. That toothpaste was the subject of a June 13 recall by a New Jersey distributor. (Fox News)

FDA has identified the following brands of toothpaste from China that contain DEG and are included in the import alert: Cooldent Fluoride; Cooldent Spearmint; Cooldent ICE; Dr. Cool, Everfresh Toothpaste; Superdent Toothpaste; Clean Rite Toothpaste; Oralmax Extreme; Oral Bright Fresh Spearmint Flavor; Bright Max Peppermint Flavor; ShiR Fresh Mint Fluoride Paste; DentaPro; DentaKleen; and DentaKleen Junior. Manufacturers of these products are: Goldcredit International Enterprises Limited; Goldcredit International Trading Company Limited; and Suzhou City Jinmao Daily Chemicals Company Limited. The products typically are sold at low-cost, “bargain” retail outlets.

Based on reports of contaminated toothpaste from China found in several countries, including Panama, FDA increased its scrutiny and began sampling toothpaste and other dental products manufactured in China that were imported into the United States.

Fake Colgate, Chinese toothpastes pose risks: Health Canada

The RCMP are investigating fake Colgate toothpaste contaminated with a bacteria that could pose “a significant risk to health,” Health Canada says.

The 21 samples contain up to 13.7 per cent diethylene glycol (DEG), used in antifreeze and as a solvent.

FDA stops shipments of Chinese toothpaste, recall issued.

In recent weeks the FDA began stopping all suspect Chinese toothpaste before it enters the U.S. and has warned people not to use the products because they may contain DEG. The regulatory agency has identified six Chinese manufacturers that use the chemical in their toothpaste products, typically sold in the U.S. at discount or dollar stores.

Health Canada said it has identified 21 Chinese-made toothpastes that contain up to 13.7 percent DEG — a far higher level than anything found in U.S. testing. Canada too is stopping all imports of Chinese toothpaste until they can be proven safe.

Heath Canada Offers New Warnings On Chinese Toothpaste

Prisons pull Chinese product: State concerned toothpaste may have been tainted

Posted July 1, 2007 by
Bizarre, Healthcare, World, WTF | 6 comments

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  • Comments

    6 Responses to “Counterfeit and Contaminated Colgate Toothpaste with DEG Found in Six States in US and in Canada”

    1. sparrow on July 1st, 2007 8:58 pm

      I was in our local Walmart today, and took the time to read the labels on some of the canned foods. OMG, from now on I will read every label to see from which country the foods I am NOT going to buy originate from. I’ve always been cautious about seafood, but now I will be more careful about everything. This is something that will not be just a passing issue with me.

    2. LilPuma on July 1st, 2007 10:06 pm

      This Colgate tube says Made in South Africa. The one in my medicine cabinet says New York. A friend looked at her tube of Crest and it said made in China. Haven’t heard any news about problems with Crest, but with the problems reported of food items from China, they’re not going to use that tube of Crest.

    3. Richard on July 2nd, 2007 5:40 am

      According to the weekend issue of The Wall Street Journal, China is doing a full-blown PR campaign with Congress right now, afraid of sanctions.

      Somebody is going to make import safety a campaign issue. All I know is that the volume of manufactured items imported to the U.S. continues to escalate.

      Another potential disaster in the offing?

    4. Scared Monkeys on July 19th, 2007 10:06 pm

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    6. Kevin on September 19th, 2010 6:16 pm

      i live in new jersey and today i went into a store called national wholesale liquidators and noticed that the colgate toathpaste logo looked a little funny. i nreserched the real logo and found out that they are selling fakes. the fakes were not from china, but from egypt. it said on the back that it was distributed from egypt

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